Congress Protocol

WSAVA World Congress Protocol

The WSAVA hosts a veterinary congress once a year for companion animal veterinarians from across the globe. The WSAVA World Congress is an internationally recognized veterinary congress with a scientific program of the highest standard produced in alternating regions reflecting the local culture and veterinary diversity. The scientific program includes two streams organised by the local host association designed for the regions’ practicing veterinarians .The congress is held for three to four days and generally presented in English with translations as needed.

The Congress is usually held in October and is rotated through three regions: Asia and Oceania, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Upcoming congresses

  • 2017 Copenhagen Denmark

  • 2018 Singapore

  • 2019 The Americas

  • 2020 Europe, Middle East, Africa

Member benefits

Members of the member associations will benefit from the content of the scientific meeting through its redistribution.The World Congress provides a forum for building networks in the region where the congress is held with the aim of improving regional veterinary professional development.

Social Program

A Social Program is created so that delegates enjoy a memorable experience and appreciate the local culture and attractions of the region. Every effort is made to facilitate relationship building and networking between WSAVA member associations at the World Congress.


A large trade exhibition is held during the Congress and is an important part of the relationship building between veterinarians and their suppliers and partners in industry.

Bidding for the congress

The following information is for member associations interested in forwarding a bid to host a WSAVA World Congress:

These expanded guidelines do not replace the SOPs for bidding for a World Congress.

Bidding for the WSAVA congress 2019, 2020 and 2021

The WSAVA world congress rotates around the world in 3 different regions; Asia/Oceania, the Americas, Europe/Africa. Call for bids and deadlines for upcoming congresses are as follows:

Deadline Action Bid for 2019 WSAVA Congress in the Americas Bid for 2020 WSAVA Congress in Europe/Africa/Middle East Bid for 2021 WSAVA Congress in Asia/Australasia
WSAVA secretariat sends out first notice to member associations in the region Jan 6, 2014 Sept 26, 2015 Sept 24, 2016
WSAVA secretariat sends out final notice to member associations in the region April 3, 2014 Jan 26, 2016 Jan 24, 2017
Final date for bids to be received by WSAVA secretariat Nov 3, 2014 Feb 26, 2016 Apr 24, 2017
Kenes report on location suitability Jan 14, 2015 May 26, 2016 July 13, 2017
EB endorsement of CSC location recommendation Feb 14, 2015 June 26, 2016 July 18, 2017
CSC recommendation sent to WSAVA Assembly representatives and bidding associations March 14, 2015 July 26, 2016 July 24, 2017
Assembly meeting ratification May 14, 2015 Sept 26, 2016 Sept 24, 2017
Host association signs agreement June 14, 2015 Oct 26, 2016 Oct 24, 2017



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